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Through lectures, tutorials, excursions and a hands-on nursery and practical program, this subject will address critical stages in the successful establishment of vegetation, including: seed quality (genetic variability, integrity and development); plant growth and propagation techniques (seed germination and vegetative); production requirements and strategies (incl. media and materials and plant quality); plant establishment issues and methods (site preparation, urban soils, planting, natural regeneration and direct seeding), and urban plant management at different scales.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the science underpinning methods of plant propagation and plant establishment;
- Identify the critical biological and ecological issues associated with producing landscape plants;
- Source, interpret, evaluate and synthesise the literature as it relates to issues in the propagation, growing and establishment of plants across a range of urban sites;
- Demonstrate and describe how to successfully propagate and establish landscape plants;
- Discuss the complexities of plant establishment and management across urban sites;
- Present and discuss experimental data from plant propagation and plant production activities.
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- source, interpret and apply information from written and electronic sources to investigate and analyse essential issues in the propagation, growing and establishment of plants in a range of urban settings
- use scientific and technical literature to answer specific questions and aid problem-solving in plant selection and the development of urban green spaces
- demonstrate practical skills in the production of plants and their installation in the landscape
- demonstrate written and verbal communication skills
- manage workloads and time efficiently.
Last updated: 16 June 2020